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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

    1986 …2019
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    General

    Sahar Al-Malaika is a Professor of Polymer Science at Aston University, specialising in antioxidant chemistry, polymer modification, oxidation/ageing, stabilisation and lifetime performance (first and subsequent lives).  Most of her professional career has been spent at Aston University where she leads the Polymer Processing and Performance Research Unit.  

    Research Interests

    • Chemistry of polymers:  their processing, modification, oxidation (photo, thermal, bio) and stabilisation
    • Chemistry of antioxidants & additives in polymers - natural & from renewable resources, synthetic & novel non-migratory antioxidants:  synthesis, mechanisms and applications
    • Chemistry of vitamin E and its role in polymer applications including orthopaedic implants
    • Reactive processing, in-situ modification and functionalization of polymers
    • Lifetime performance of polymers including human-contact applications
    • Environmental aspects of plastics, recycling, biodegradability, compostability & upgrading performance of second-life polymer products
    • Polymers, Blends and Nanocomposites: processing, performance and stability under aggressive environments

    Teaching Activity

    My teaching reflects my research interest, delivering modules in  polymer Science and Organic Chemistry to all the chemistry, chemical Engineering and CEAC programmes.  This involves lectures, tutorials, supervision of experimental research projects, literature projects, and polymer laboratory classes. 

    Qualifications

    BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, C.Chem, FRSC, FIMMM

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered Chemist
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3372
    Email: S.Al-Malaika@aston.ac.uk
    Room Number: MB114

    External positions

    President of European MODEST Society

    20122022

    President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society

    20112013

    Chairperson of International Conference-PDDG

    20092023

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    Research Output 1986 2019

    Impact of anti-ageing compounds on oxidation ageing kinetics of bitumen by infrared spectroscopy analysis

    Omairey, E. L., Zhang, Y., Al-Malaika, S., Sheena, H. & Gu, F., 30 Oct 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 223, p. 755-764 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    asphalt
    Infrared spectroscopy
    Aging of materials
    Oxidation
    Kinetics

    Durability of crosslinked polyethylene in human-contact applications: Stabilisation challenges

    Al-malaika, S. & Jefferies, C., 11 Jul 2018, AIP Conference Proceedings. AIP, Vol. 1981. 020002. (AIP Conference Proceedings; vol. 1981).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
    File
    Polyethylene
    Polymers
    Durability
    Stabilization
    Antioxidants
    Infrared spectroscopy
    Aging of materials
    Kinetics
    Oxidation
    Screening

    Additives for Plastics

    Al-malaika, S., Axtell, F., Rothon, R. & Gilbert, M., 2017, Brydson's Plastics Materials. Elsevier, p. 127-168

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Editorial

    Al-malaika, S., 31 Oct 2017, In : Polymer Degradation and Stability. 145, p. 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Thesis

    A study of mechanochemical reactions of spin traps in hydrocarbon polymers

    Author: Zarif Najafi Nooshin, M., Sep 1990

    Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    A study of nitroxyl radical precursors as photostabilisers for polymers

    Author: Omikorede, E. O., 1984

    Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    A study of phosphorus-containing antioxidants in polyolefins

    Author: Sharma, P., 1988

    Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethanes

    Author: Goodby, A., 18 Jun 2015

    Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Chemical modification of polymers

    Author: Jin, L., 1988

    Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Prizes

    President of the European MoDeSt Society

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), Sep 2012

    Prize: Election to learned society

    president
    Society

    President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Election to learned society

    president
    engineering
    science
    Society

    Chairperson of the International Conference PDDG

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Activities 2009 2018

    • 12 Invited talk
    • 7 Examination
    • 1 Membership of network

    10th International MODEST Conference

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
    Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    9th International 'TOP' Conference

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Invited speaker)
    Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    External Examiner for PhD Candidate

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Examiner)
    May 2018

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    32nd International PDDG Conference

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
    Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    International MODEST Workshop

    Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
    May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk